Dine and Discover: American Indian Food Preparation and Acorn Basketry
Often described as a “national treasure” for ensuring the legacy of the Miwok-Paiute people in Yosemite, Julia Parker worked as a cultural demonstrator in the park for more than 60 years. This is a rare opportunity to join the recently retired Julia and her daughter Lucy for a two-day journey through American-Indian traditions in Yosemite Valley.
As Julia and Lucy share stories passed down through generations, you’ll see Yosemite through the lens of the people who lived in the Valley for thousands of years before white settlers arrived. Discover their deep understanding of Yosemite’s native plants and natural resources, and learn how to prepare a traditional Miwok meal by gathering and grinding acorns and weaving your own acorn basket with a dogbane handle.
All materials will be provided for this one-of-a-kind program.
Read “Q&A with a Yosemite Insider” in Yosemite Conservancy magazine to learn more about Julia Parker and her important cultural contributions. Also explore Julia’s story through her DVD, Grandmother’s Prayer, or book, Scrape the Willow Until it Sings.
Included with your registration:
- Two and a half day workshop with the Parker family starting at 9 am until about 4 pm on Saturday, ending a little earlier on Sunday. With a partial program on Friday late-afternoon.
- Park entry (as needed).
- Three nights of shared camping (as needed, arrive Sept 20 departing 24) at Upper Pines Campground.Tent camping only .
- There is no discount if you choose not to use our gate pass or campsites.
- Note: Information about upgrading your accommodations to stay at Yosemite Valley Lodge will be emailed to you after you sign up. The option to upgrade expires 45 days before the program.
Interested in our Dine and Discover programs? Here are our options:
May 4–6 Spring Feathers and Flowers
June 27 Full Moon Hike to Taft Point - Trip 1
July 27 Full Moon Hike to Taft Point - Trip 2
Sept. 14–16 Exploring Yosemite Wildlife
Sept. 21–23 American Indian Food Preparation and Acorns